Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 1090 reviews.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V: 16.2 MP (Megapixels), 16x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Lucie, Keen amateur

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Light stylish camera - easy to use.
Bad points:
Poor colour quality especially with reds as they appear brighter than they actually are.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 2.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Sep 2011

Chris, Manchester Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb video and great zoom.
Small and compact.
Just a great little camera.
Bad points:
Some pictures appear gold fish bowl (round at the edges) :(
GPS uses a lot of battery.
Need to take off tripod to mains power.
Zoom lens seems a bit fragile.
Zoom can be a bit slow to respond.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Aug 2011

Dan, Cambridge, UK Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
1) sharp (still) pictures at day time/strong light.
2) high quality of video at all time - day & night, and at all range of lens (this is the best point of this camera).
3) built-in GPS, and 3D & panorama pictures.
4) accept SD card as well as Pro Duo card.

In general, I like this camera.
Bad points:
1) poor (still) picture at low light.
2) the W/T lens turning makes noise which can be recorded into the video.
3) the software "PlayMemories Home" is not terribly functional to edit video.
4) The video format M2TS is not very popular, and videos cannot be played back easily. If Sony offers options of M2TS and MPG4, AVI, will be much better, just like what Sony did - to accept both SD card and Pro Duo card (since the Pro Duo cars is unpopular and more expensive).

Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Sep 2012

Robin, Basingstoke Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The focusing is fantastic. The quality is fantastic. It is Sony Standard Software and Build.
Bad points:
2 things needed and later on have been put into similar cameras. A Swivel viewing method and the ability to take an electronic viewfinder.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jul 2013

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Was planning to buy an SLR or high end bridge camera but the local shop I have bought several Sony cameras from suggested I had a look at this one instead since I was unsure about carrying a large camera. It felt good to use and the chap in the shop was happy to let me take a few snaps and a video using my memory stick. When I downloaded them I was amazed, the images are pin sharp and even at 16x zoom the image is really good, the image stabiliser is exceptional. The HD video is way better than my old Sony DV camera and that was not on the best setting. Went back and bought one, local shop price was better than interweb price. Having used it for about 5 days now I am even more impressed, I have taken identical photo's with my old Sony W170 and zoomed into small areas using Photoshop and printed them, there is no comparison, much more detail, better colours and I have always been very impressed with the W170. I would say get one, you will not be disappointed.
Bad points:
You have to charge the battery in the camera but the battery is identical to many earlier Sony's thus I am able to use the old W170 charger and avoid the problem. The flash is in a daft spot, exactly where your left hand hold the camera. To stop it trying to pop up I have just switched it off, if I need it I will switch it on and move my finger, simples, problem solved.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 May 2011

michael, Cambridge Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Useful zoom for those who do not want to carry a lense. Mode selection works well. Panarama shots and movies good.
Bad points:
Micro not great. Takes some getting use to holding with left hand and not fowling the flash, or holding and shooting both with right hand which the design seems to imply you should do.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Sep 2012

sharon, Experienced amateur

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
not good in poor lighting and over exposes
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 3.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Mar 2013

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 16
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 2
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D Yes
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge Yes
Weight (g) 215
Flash Yes
WiFi WiFi ready
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver Yes
In-built memory (Megabytes) 19
Release date 2011-03-16
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 384
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 24

Also known as: Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V, Sony, Cyber-Shot, DSC-HX9V, CyberShot DSC-HX9, Cyber-shot DSC-HX9, Sony Cyber-shot HX9V, Sony Cybershot DSC HX9V

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Manufacturer's Description

Your powerful travel partner

Packed with easy-to-use features for better-looking images and HD videos, the Cyber-shot™ HX9V digital camera is an ideal travel partner with on-board GPS. Experience high-performance imaging for detail-packed stills, 3D and cinematic Full HD 50p video.

Better looking pictures made easy
Not sure how to pick the perfect camera settings to suit a particular scene? Don’t worry, help is at hand. Superior Auto Mode adjusts exposure and other camera settings for optimum results in a wide range of shooting situations.

Magical movies
Left your camcorder behind? One touch is all that’s needed to shoot brilliantly crisp, detailed video clips. In a Cyber-shot™ first, you can now record an incredible 50 Full HD (1920×1080) frames every second to capture silk-smooth, cinematic action.

Know where you are… and where you’ve been
Knowing where your photos and video clips were taken adds a fun dimension to any trip. GPS displays your position on screen while you’re travelling. Back home, retrace your travels with exciting online map views on your PC.

Add a new dimension with 3D
Discover an incredible world of 3D imaging. Shoot 3D stills at the touch of a button. Capture wide 3D images to enjoy on your 3D TV with Sweep Panorama. Sweep Multi Angle creates amazing 3D-like views you can explore by tilting the camera screen.

Sensational images, even in low light
Many cameras struggle to produce crisp, clear images in low light. The revolutionary Exmor R™ CMOS sensor boosts sensitivity while reducing image noise for brilliant, detail-packed pictures.

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